Crenshaw Appoints President

November 6, 2018 – Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments this year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: New York City-based recruiting firm Crenshaw Associates has named talent and workforce industry leader Margaret-Ann Cole as its new president. She will lead new product development, business development and service delivery.

“Margaret-Ann is one of the foremost leaders in our industry,” said Crenshaw chairman, Nat Stoddard. “Her knowledge and leadership around executive, team and culture development will be invaluable to our clients.”

Ms. Cole joins Crenshaw from Accenture where she led the North America Workforce Experience and HR practice. Previously, she held senior leadership roles in talent and human capital management for Right Management, Willis Towers Watson and PWC. Ms. Cole is president of the board of directors for Rebuilding Together NYC and is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council.

“Margaret-Ann understands the talent challenges facing employers, and she is expert at helping them create effective solutions to attract, retain and develop senior leaders,” said Crenshaw CEO Barb Bridendolph.

In her new role, Ms. Cole is responsible for consulting with chief human resources officers, chief talent officers and other C-level executives on building high performance businesses that drive optimization and growth through HR strategy, workforce transformation and talent management.

“I’ve long admired Crenshaw for their sharp focus on senior executives, and their expert-led approach to talent development,” said Ms. Cole. “I look forward to enhancing our existing services with new capabilities including data analytics to add value to the executives and enterprises we serve.”

Established in 1982, Crenshaw Associates provides a continuum of career services for senior executives that include individual and enterprise transformation planning and support. The firm represents a broad array of companies including public, private, private equity and not-for-profit/public institutions.

Leadership Appointments Rising at Search Firms

Top leadership appointments, particularly involving women, have been gaining traction at executive search firms over the past year. Here’s a look at several instances taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Perth, Australia-based executive search firm Gerard Daniels appointed Alison Gaines as the company’s global CEO. Following a 12-year tenure as the head of its board consulting practice and recently as managing partner of Gerard Daniels’ Asia Pacific practice, Ms. Gaines will now lead the firm to continue to drive growth across all regions and offices.

The RSA Group, which is based in London and focuses on the life sciences sector, has appointed executive chairman Nick Stephens as its CEO. Alex Bennett recently stepped down from the top post. Mr. Stephens has been with RSA since 1986 and leads the firm’s board services practice, handling about five or six C-level assignments each year. 

Columbus, OH-headquartered firm Taylor Strategy Partners appointed Mike Gamble as its new president. Mr. Gamble has been instrumental to Taylor Strategy Partners’ growth since joining the firm as vice president of business development in 2015, the firm said. He has more than 20 years of experience designing comprehensive talent acquisition solutions for leading …

TillmanCarlson appointed Kelly Carlson as its president and CEO. Entering its 16th year, the firm said that her promotion sets the stage for growth, innovation and the ability to provide a clear alternative to larger human capital firms. Ms. Carlson joined founder Rob Tillman a year after the search firm was founded. She previously worked with him at Russell Reynolds Associates. 

DRG Search appointed Dara Klarfeld as its new CEO. She is now responsible for leading all aspects of DRG’s work with organizations in the non-profit sector. Ms. Klarfeld worked in the non-profit sector for more than a decade before joining DRG Search. Ms. Klarfeld worked in the non-profit sector for more than a decade before joining DRG Search.

Hong Kong-headquartered search firm Bó Lè Associates announced that Pierre Zhuang has resigned as CEO and the board named David Chan, managing director and its Shanghai office head, as its new CEO. Mr. Chan joined the firm in 2015 and was head of Bó Lè Associates’ Hong Kong office prior to taking on the role as head of Bó Lè Shanghai office in August of this year.

U.K.-headquartered Armstrong Craven, a specialist executive search and intelligence consultancy, has named Tom Mason as its new CEO. Mr. Mason previously served as senior vice president at Pontoon Solutions, part of the Adecco Group.  Before that, he was a partner at boutique firm Mason McLoud and managing director for EMEA at Allegis Global Solutions.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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